Trouble In Mind by Alice Childress
Directed by: Gabe Moses
This 1955 comedy-drama—planned for Broadway but canceled when Black playwright Alice Childress wouldn’t tone down its message—finally made its triumphant premiere last season on Broadway.
An integrated theatre company gathers to rehearse a new play—the one they hope will be the next big hit on the Great White Way. Against the backdrop of misperceptions and stereotypes within the company, veteran actress Wiletta Mayer grapples with the choice between a once in a lifetime chance to play the lead role in a Broadway show, and the cost of compromising her principles. Childress's funny, moving, and ultimately shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theatre is a Lehigh Valley premiere.
Trouble in Mind is a groundbreaking backstage story of egos and attitudes, and an insightful look at who we are and who we want to be.
Tuesday January 3 at 6:30PM in Theatre 514, 514 N 19th Street.
The production runs March 17-26 in Civic Theatre 514 and will begin rehearsal shortly after auditions.
-Please prepare a modern or contemporary monologue no longer than 2 minutes.
-If auditioning for the roles of Wiletta, Millie, or Sheldon (see character descriptions below), please come prepared to sing a 30-second excerpt from any song you wish (Happy Birthday is acceptable).
-Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged, but not required.
-Please sign up for a timeslot- CLICK HERE
-Callback January 4, 6:30pm:
-Those who are called back will be sent an email by the morning of Jan 4.
-Sides will be available at callbacks; some sides will be with a scene partner and some will be with a reader.
Wiletta Mayer - Black; a middle aged, experienced actress who has conformed to the industry's norms for far too long
Millie Davis - Black; a witty actress in her early to mid-30s who is tired of playing the same stereotypes
Sheldon Forrester - Black; a wise, elderly actor who has made a career out of saying "yes"
John Nevins - Black; an optimistic actor in his early 20s who is determined to get to the top
Al Manners - White; a director in his late 30/early 40s making his Broadway debut who plans on big success for the show
Eddie Fenton - White; a young stage manager who finds himself stuck between the chaos in the rehearsal room
Judy Sears - White; a young actress fresh out of Yale who has landed her first acting gig
Bill O'Wray - White; a middle aged actor who is constantly worried
Henry - White; an elderly Irish doorman at the theater
Civic Theatre of Allentown is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, body types, and ages to audition.